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American Heritage Girls Founder Reveals Formula for Success at 18th Anniversary

9/11/2013 - 12:05 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

Cincinnati, OH (September 11, 2013) - "For an organization to grow up fast, it is essential to stay true to one's core purpose," says American Heritage Girls' Executive Director and Founder Patti Garibay. On September 13th American Heritage Girls (AHG) will celebrate the 18th anniversary of its first troop meeting held in 1995.

The organization is dedicated to its core values of faith, service and fun and reports 30,000 members in 48 states and a 40 percent annual growth rate.

According to Garibay, the success of AHG is its laser-focused mission to serve youth while glorifying God.

"A program must remain true to its purpose and be rooted on a firm foundation," she says.

"The story of AHG is sweet. It is every Christian woman's story. God calls us to follow Him no matter our station in life. AHG is a fruit of the obedience of its founders and subsequent sustainers and, God willing, I pray it remains a force for good long after I am gone," says Garibay. "AHG was birthed from moms seeking to give their daughters a faith-based scout-type program to teach integrity, leadership, service and life skills." The mission of AHG remains the same as 18 years ago: "to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country."

"When another girl organization that I served and loved changed their members' promise to make "God" optional in their program, I knew there was no way I could continue to serve as their ambassador." She continues, "The idea for AHG was birthed as a reaction to this change, fueled by the Lord's leading, my husband's coaxing, and my beloved, disabled father's encouraging - "Why curse the darkness, when you can light a candle? Start something new!" A club for our girls that was formed around my kitchen table in 1995 now resonates with thousands of families across the nation, only due to God's blessing."

During 2013 AHG has been providing its support to Trail Life USA, the newly formed faith-based boys group, in hopes that a brother organization would take root and flourish. The vision of Trail Life USA is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.

AHG will further celebrate its 18th anniversary with its annual National Day of Service on September 21.

Girls across the nation will demonstrate their faith while serving in their communities. Last year more than 260,000 hours of service were given by AHG troops. "Service is a practical expression of a girl's faith," says Garibay. "Watching girls grow in their faith and discover their God-given purpose through the development of servant hearts is the greatest achievement of AHG."
American Heritage Girls is a faith-based character development program for all girls 5 - 18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. With an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement, girls participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences.

To interview Patti Garibay, contact or visit the AHG Press Room


American Heritage Girls  OH, 45246 US
Jody Token - National Public Relations,  513-771-2025


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